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This Divorce Arrangement Stresses Kids Out Most

Mandy Oaklander, April 27, 2015, TIME Regarding the wellbeing of kids with divorced parents, the debate over what kind of custody arrangement is best rages on. But a new study, published Monday in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, suggests that children fare better when they spend time living

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Gay Divorce: How the Collaborative Family Law Model Can Help Parting LGBT Couples

By Angie Bain, Family lawyer and partner, GoransonBain, Huffington Post, March 28, 2012. One of the many unjust results of a state legal system that refuses to recognize and validate a same-sex marriage or civil union is the absence of a binding structure and system for dissolving

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How You Can Restructure Your Family Without Destroying It

Ann Levin, The Legal Intelligencer, January 19, 2016. Divorce is a reality for many people and impacts more than the couple when children are involved. Mothers and fathers stress over the impact that a decision to divorce will have on their children. Often the decision to divorce

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Why You Should Choose Collaborative Law For Your Divorce

Posted on Norristown Family Law Blog On behalf of Law Offices of Maribeth Blessing, LLC  The traditional legal system is designed to be adversarial – there are two sides fighting against each other, trying to “win.” While this system may work for many legal issues, it is

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The Stepfather and the Wedding: A Family’s Viral Story Still Hits Home

By Jane Gordon Julien, OCT. 9, 2015, New York Times. Brittany Peck wasn’t planning on people around the world sharing in her wedding day. But that was before a photographer captured the moment on Sept. 26, when her father reached for the hand of her stepfather to include

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From Divorce, a Fractured Beauty

By LARA BAZELON, SEPT. 24, 2015, New York Times  Happy families are not all alike. Picture this one. A mother and father sit on a beach on the Fourth of July with their two children, a boy, 6, and a girl, 4. The parents are just on the

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Uncontested Divorce Can Improve a Relationship

Wendy Paris, Splitopia, Psychology Today, April 7, 2015 When filing for divorce teaches new skills When we first started discussing divorce, I called a few lawyers, but didn’t hire anyone.  I was convinced by what I had heard that divorce lawyers are sharks, circling failing marriages, salivating, ready

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8 Guidelines for a Friendly Divorce

Susan Heitler Ph.D., Psychology Today, Posted Mar 08, 2012 I am an advocate of marriage. My work as a therapist, my publications and my collaborative dialogue skill-building website generally aim to help spouses grow the kind of relationship they had in mind when they vowed at their wedding

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On the viral rise of divorce selfies (and the death of traditional marriage)

By Caitlin Dewey September 3, 2015, The Washington Post In late August, Shannon Neuman and her husband Chris went to the municipal court in Calgary, Alberta, to get a divorce. They had already filled out the forms and taken the requisite seminars. They navigated the 24-story Courts

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Tell Teachers About Problems at Home — or Impede Your Child’s Success

Beth Greenfield, Senior Writer, Yahoo Parenting, August 26, 2015 Kids who act out at school may have good reason — but teachers won’t know about problems at home unless parents tell them.  Problems at home — divorce, death, incarceration, illness — feel like intensely private affairs. But when you also

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